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A federal judge has delayed the due date for the federal government’s plan to pump water out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta without jeopardizing the existence of several endangered species, including the killer whale, which we wrote about this week.

U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger granted the National Marine Fisheries Service’s request to continue drafting the plan. It had been due March 2; it’s now due in court June 2.

The delta is a major source of San Diego’s water, providing 30 percent of the region’s supply last year. Recommendations to protect the species could potentially limit the amount of water that gets pumped out of the delta in the future.

ROB DAVIS

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